Do You Believe?

Those nails you’re working on today may bring you more than your weekly wages. In cultures around the world, there are (or were) superstitions about the good, the bad, and the ugly those nails can bring a person. Here is a sampling of some global nail superstitions and beliefs.


Cultures throughout the world have believed that clipping nails was strictly a daytime affair and to do it at night was a definite no-no.

Who, for instance, thought so? People in…

Greece Japan
India Korea
Italy Philippines

Many modern nail techs and other people figure this belief about night-time clipping originated before electricity, meaning that the chance for cutting oneself was higher.



Have a client dying to get married or keep her husband faithful? Here are some tips you can give her from Russia:

If a woman wants to marry a man, she should cut her nails and keep the trimmings from the left hand and a piece of her hair, take nine drops of her own blood from the ring finger and put everything into a good vodka. Then if the man drinks it, he will want to marry her right away. Beware, though. The nail/ hair/blood/vodka effect doesn’t last forever; to keep the man by her side for eternity, the woman will have to use similar methods all her life.

And to keep a husband faithful, she should keep the trimmings of his nails and put them into wax behind an icon and read a special prayer.


Leaving nail clippings lying about isn’t just a nasty personal hygiene habit for these people.

There is a Jewish saying, according to, about nails that says “he who burns them is a pious one, he who buries them is a righteous one, and he who throws them away is a wicked one.”

In Korea during the Joseon Dynasty, people were not to throw away their nail clippings but keep them wrapped in cotton or silk cloths in order to respect their forefathers.

In Kuwait, nail clippings are wrapped in a piece of paper and kept in a safe place because it is believed that someone may do bad things to them through their nails.

In South Africa, many children are also taught never to leave clippings lying about but are to collect them and to make sure to dispose of them.



Your clients’ nails have good omens in them, too.

In Poland, every woman entering a ship should scratch the mast foundation in order for the ship to have a “good wind” during the journey.

In Russia, if the lunulas are short or missing, it is believed the person will have a short life. However, if the lunulas are visible and long, the person will have a long and wealthy life.

It is also believed that white spots on nails have differing meanings depending on which finger(s) they appear. On the thumb, they mean the person will get a gift. On the index finger, a friend will visit. On the middle finger, an enemy will visit. On the pinky finger, a trip is in the future.

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